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30-05-2015 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Hurvínek, photo: archive of the Jablonec Muzeum of Glass and Glass Jewelry In Magazine: a Czech couple caught having sex in public in New Zealand argued that it was perfectly normal in the Czech Republic, the Jablonec Muzeum of Glass is showing figurines of famous politicians, storybook characters and fictional heroes, a third of Czechs try to avoid physical activity, and, the town of Ivančice hosts its annual Asparagus Festival.   More

My Prague

My Prague – Eugen Kukla

30-05-2015 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Eugen Kukla on a rowboat on the Vltava, photo: Ian Willoughby Born in Prague and living in the downtown area, photographer Eugen Kukla is highly knowledgeable about the history of his native city. Taking time out from preparing for an exhibition of his work that starts at Velryba café next week, he suggests we begin our tour of “his Prague” at the spot on Old Town Square where a Baroque Marian column stood for over 250 years. A member of an association pushing to have it rebuilt, Kukla explains how the monument was toppled in November 1918, shortly after the foundation of Czechoslovakia.   More

An American foodie goes to Prague

Vegetarianism in a meat-dominated land

30-05-2015 02:01 | Halley Crane

Illustrative photo: Kaleff / freeimages This week I challenged myself by eliminating the prime ingredient from the Czech diet — meat. I learned the phrase jsem vegetariánka (I’m vegetarian) in preparation for my endeavor. It seems that in most Czech dishes, meat is the main event, whether it be little bits of smoked pork snuck inside potato pancakes, intestine casing in soup, or just a plain knuckle roasting over an open flame. So how do Czech vegetarians cope here?   More

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Baťa Lives – A documentary film maps life in “Baťa cities” around the world

29-05-2015 16:30 | Jan Velinger

Batanagar, photo: Karolína Garguláková In this week’s Arts, I talk to Karolína Garguláková, an independent filmmaker who, with her husband Lukáš, is producing Baťa Lives about inhabitants of neighborhoods built by the famous Baťa Shoe Company in cities around the world. Such areas, designed according to the same basic blueprint, still exist in the Netherlands, India, Brazil or Canada. It would be a mistake to think, however, the film was a history of the Baťa business empire.  More

Current Affairs

Education minister on the way out after paper accuses him of bullying subordinates

29-05-2015 15:10 | Daniela Lazarová

Marcel Chládek, photo: CTK Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Thursday announced the dismissal of Education Minister Marcel Chládek. The decision came just hours after the daily Mladá fronta Dnes published an article accusing the minister of bullying his subordinates. While many...  More

Panorama

Caritas helping ethnic Czechs from Ukraine build a new life in their old country

28-05-2015 16:06 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Filip Jandourek The repatriation of ethnic Czechs from Ukraine who asked to return to their old homeland over the unstable situation in their country began earlier this year. Close to one hundred people, mostly from Ukraine’s Volhynia region, are building a new life in the Czech Republic with another 150 more expected to follow. The Catholic Charity Caritas has been assisting their integration within a government sponsored program.   More

Marketplace

Czech European exports rise in spite of push to diversify markets

27-05-2015 14:48 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Calvin Teo, CC BY-SA 2.5 Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek came into his current post just over 15 months ago with a mission to change the country’s trade and investment policy. He criticized the former centre-right administration for damaging Czech business prospects...  More

In Focus

Czech journalists track refugees’ plight in Iraq and Syria

26-05-2015 17:00 | Ruth Fraňková

Two Czech journalists, Jarmila Štuková and Lenka Klicperová, recently returned from a working trip to Iraq and Syria. Their mission was to document the situation of refugees in the war-stricken region in order to drum up support for a humanitarian aid project run by the Czech branch of the Catholic charity Caritas.   More

Sports News

Sports News

25-05-2015 13:47 | Chris Johnstone

Usain Bolt, photo: CTK In Sports News this week: Ostrava readies for showcase athletics event; 16,000 strong Varnsdorf wins promotion to top football league; ice hockey’s Ondřej Palát on verge of Stanley Cup; and Jaroslav Kulhavý wins world cup cross country event.  More

Sunday Music Show

Han and Chewie: Honorary Habs?

24-05-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Jan Velinger The title will make more sense if you listen to this week’s Sunday Music focusing on hockey, football and a certain film series featuring a roguish smuggler and his fuzzy friend.  More

Czech Life

New app to promote film tourism in Czech Republic

23-05-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

In roughly a fortnight the state agency CzechTourism is launching a new app in for both Czechs and visitors from abroad planning vacations. Entitled, Czech Film Trips, the app will highlight hundreds of locations and feature photos and clips where numerous famous productions were filmed.  More

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